Over the past several months, we've talked an awful lot, you and we here at the Department of Energy. We've talked about how to make your home energy efficient, how to diagnose your home's problems and how to fix them, what works best and what doesn't (depending on where you live and what kind of home you have).
Time's come to ask: how did you do?
Did you take what we've talked about and apply it to your own home, vehicle, or lifestyle?
It's easy to agree with an idea—to read something on a blog like this or on a Web site or in your paper and think, "Yeah, that's a really good idea." The real test comes in putting it all into practice.
So assess your progress, and be honest (it's okay, we're not grading you). If you have changed out your lights, checked (and maybe applied more) insulation, sealed your windows and bought (or at least thought about buying) ENERGY STAR® appliances... well, that's great! Look at your energy bills compared to last year. Do you see a difference? Are you using less energy in total than you used to use?
And if you haven't taken any steps toward energy efficiency, we're here for you. What's keeping you from jumping on board? Is it too hard to know where to start, or do the tasks seem too big to manage? Make a short list of your reasons for why you aren't getting energy efficient. If we haven't answered all of your questions, let us know! We want to help. And if one answer will get you going, we'll be glad to provide it.
In the meantime, we hope you've been working right along with us to make your home warm and comfortable in these cold weather months. Drop us a line and let us know how you're doing!
E-mail your responses to the Energy Saver team at firstname.lastname@example.org.